Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Hat Sizes Chart

Here is a basic guideline for the hats that I make. I always measure my crown before continuing onto the non-increasing rows. You might have to play around with hook size depending on how tightly you crochet. I use worsted weight yarn for the monkey hats and a chunky yarn (size 5) for the owl hats, but use the same scale. If anyone has any other suggestions of how to measure finished hat sizes before finishing and finding out the hat is too big or small, let me know and I'll add the info in! Hope this helps!

*When I say "crown size" I mean the size of the circle before continuing with the non-increasing rows measured from one side to the other. When I say "hat height" it is from the centre of the first row to the bottom of the hat.
It should also be noted that this is a use at your own risk chart, as it makes sense in my little pea-brain, but might not be accurate for everyone.

AGE            HEAD CIRC.      HAT HEIGHT    CROWN SIZE     # of increasing rows on
                                                                                                            owl and
                                                                                                         monkey hat

0-3 month       13-14"                  5.5"-6"            approx 10.5 cm           4 rows G hook

3-6 month       14-17"                  6.5-7"             approx 11-13 cm           4 rows H hook

6-12 month     16-19"                  7.5"                approx 13-15 cm           4 rows I hook

12mo-3 year     18-20"                 8"                   approx 14-15.6 cm           5 rows H hook

3-10 year          19-20 1/2"           8.5"                approx 15-16 cm           5 rows I hook

Alternately you can try experimenting with the math equation C=πD  where d stands for diameter, and c for circumference. For example if you want the circumference of the hat to fit a 41 cm head you want your diameter of the crown to be approx. 13 cm because (π)(13) would equal a 40.82 circumference. But thats just the math geek in me talking :) You tube has a great little tutorial for the mathematically challenged.

Friday, 9 December 2011

Hoot Hoot! Owl hat FREE PATTERN!!

Hoot Hoot! This was a request from a friend of mine who's 18 month old daughter loves owls. I will try to post the pattern that I used, However, I just made it up as I went along. I apologize to anyone who has a similar pattern, after a quick google or etsy search I realized that most owl hats looked the same~ish. I would suggest using google images or etsy and seeing what other embellishments you might want to use to make your Owl unique and special for the little kiddo in your life! So starts the pattern.

I used Bernat Softee chunky yarn in hot pink, grass, pumpkin and white.

I also used an H/8 - 5.00 mm hook, and 2 black buttons, and a needle for sewing all the peices on.

This hat will fit a 12 - 18 month old baby.

So here it goes:


using pink

1) starting with a magic ring ch2. dc 11 stitches in round and join to top of ch 2. pull magic ring closed.

2) 2 dc in each st around. join (24 dc)

3) {2 dc in first st, 1 dc in next st} repeat all the way around, join. (36 dc)

4) {2 dc in first st, dc in next 2 sts.} Reapeat all the way around. Join. (48 dc)

5) {2dc in first st, dc in next 3 sts.} Repeat all the way around. Join (60st)

6) no more increasing on this round. ch2, dc in next st. dc in every st around join to top of ch 2. (60 sts)

7-14) ch 2. dc in next st. dc in every st around. join to top.  change to green yarn for rows 10-14 (4 rows) fasten off after round 14. weave in end of yarn.


1) From fastening off point count 9 sts. join yarn. ch 2, dc in same st as ch 2. dc over next 9 st. (11 dc, as ch 2 counts as dc) ch2 turn

2) dc2tog  dc over next 7 st. dc2tog. (9 sts)

3) dc2tog over next 2 sts. dc over next 5 st.  dc2tog.  (7st)

4) Dc2tog over next 2 sts. dc over next 3 st. dc2tog. (5 sts)

5) dc2tog over next 2 st. dc. dc2 tog over next 2 st. (3 sts) fasten off.

for second earflap, count 9 sts in the opposite direction from fastening off point on hat and repeat.

Using white

1) starting with a magic ring ch2. dc 11 stitches in round and join to top of ch 2. pull magic ring closed. 

2) 2 dc in each st around. join (24 dc)

3) {2 dc in first st, 1 dc in next st} repeat all the way around, join. (36 dc)

4) fasten off leaving long tail for sewing on eyes.

If you would like to do the variation shown in some of the other pictures, complete row 1 using black yarn. When doing row 2 change to desired color and do 2 SC in each stitch around. (still a total of 24 stitches.) Do row 3 as stated above using white yarn. You will now have an eye with a large pupil, and colored "iris". (row 1 with DC, row 2 with sc and row 3 with DC.) Make sure to leave a long tail for sewing on.


make 2
1) start with magic ring and sc 5. do not join place marker if needed

2)2sc in each st around (10st.) move marker.

3-5) continue 3 more rows of 10sc each fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing. attach onto hat.

cut 2 lengths of each color 6 " long. tie in the middle using main color and sew on the tops of ears.

make 1
using orange 

1) ch 6. turn

2) sc in second ch from hook.

3)hdc in next st

4)dc in next st

5) tr in next st.

6) dtr in next st. fasten off leaving long tail for sewing. 

cut 2 lengths of pink, green and white each approx 18" long. fold in half and loop through bottom of earflap. sort colors and braid, fastening off with a knot at the bottom.  Trim ends to be even. 

Voila! I added a little flower on the top in the orange color, but she was just as adorable without it. You could go really girly and do a bunch of flowers in matching colors and sizes and do an arrangement of  them. They sky is the limit! Have fun with this, I'm going to figure out mittens and scarves to match this next! You can find a flower pattern here.

**You may use this pattern to sell items, but I request that a link or credit be given back to this site** This is a ©Knotty Knotty Crochet pattern, and may not under any circumstances be sold in whole or in part. Duplication is by written permission only.

Here are  more pictures of  variation of the owl hat.